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Candace Parker’s triple-double lifts Sparks over Stars

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The Los Angeles Sparks defeated the San Antonio Stars on the road behind the power of Candace Parker who notched a triple-double.

The Sparks beat the Stars 85-73 with balanced scoring and a triple-double from Candace Parker. Parker scored 11 points, had 17 rebounds and 11 assists. Her triple-double marks the sixth in WNBA history.

It may have been Parker’s historic night that stole the show but L.A. had great performances from a number of players that helped them come away with the win. Odyssey Sims, who’s been thrust into a starting role due to injury, scored a season-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

Sims was able to be effective on offense and defense in what was her best game this year. She was aggressive finding her shot, she finished at the rim at a high rate and she even hit what could be called a Stephen Curry shot from three. Sims had herself a night and L.A. fed off of her energy.

The Sparks got off to an early lead but continue to struggle putting teams away early. San Antonio went on a 12-0 run to end the first half and went into the locker rooms down 39-35.

L.A. was able to put the Stars away in the second half with help from Nneka Ogwumike and Alana Beard who scored 11 and ten respectively, and Jantel Lavender who continues to put in work from off the bench and added 18 points.

 The Sparks improve to 16-6 on the season and are creating some breathing room as a second seed but remain three games back of the Minnesota Lynx.

The Sparks‘ next game will be at the Staples Center Sunday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. PT against the Dallas Wings.

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